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About Goldens - Medical Blog

Gracie Lou and Margaret

Your dog’s health is vital to a long-lasting quality of life. Many health-related situations may arise with your dog over the course of his/her life, requiring you to educate yourself on how best to help and what resources are available. The following articles and links are intended to help with some of these health-related issues you may face.

Adult dogs living in the southeastern U.S. are highly likely to contract heartworms from mosquitoes if the dogs are not regularly treated with heartworm prevention medication. About 15 percent of the adult dogs that come into our rescue program are found to have heartworms. Heartworm is a serious illness and can be fatal if left untreated.

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Update on Chicken Jerky Treats

by User Not Found | Nov 24, 2013
I know you have probably seen articles flying around about the continued issues with Chicken Jerky Treats and illness in pets so I wanted to give you a summary of the newest info.  Keep in mind, this is still the same story that has been rolling around since 2007.  We have no idea when we will get some answer or if we will, but the good news is that more and more veterinarians are getting involved, which means that the FDA is trying a new angle and getting more help.  They are asking vets AND consumers to get more involved and that's a good thing.

1.  Chicken Jerky treats are still making dogs sick and we still can't find an apparent cause or source however its not just chicken....its also duck, fruit, and sweet potato.  Although they aren't saying it, most of it is coming from China.

2.  Symptoms are highly varied, so it can be difficult to tell if your dog is sick and even more difficult to figure out what made them sick.  But the good news is, this is 100% preventable! 

3.  Making your own treats is super easy and safe!

Imagine eating at your favorite restaurant and hearing that the people eating at that restaurant are becoming sick.  No one knows what they are eating or which person at the table is going to be sick because they are unable to find the source, it just happens, once in a while to some random person on some random night.  You would probably stop eating there wouldn't you?  Well that's how I see this jerky thing.  Even though most of the time, plenty of people can eat there and end up ok and they tell you that might be ok if you don't order certain things......why take that chance when there are plenty of safe alternatives??

Making your own Jerky Treats takes no special equipment!

Simply cut chicken so its 1/4" thick (I use boneless, skinless breasts because you can already purchase thin cut)
Place on a dehydrator or foiled lined cookie sheet and place in the oven for 2-3 (5-6 hours on a dehydrator) hours at 160 degrees.  You can add Sage or Rosemary if you like.  Just be sure to keep these in the fridge, because they contain no preservatives!


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